Date: April 22, 2014
SUBJECT: COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS TO HOLD BACCALAUREATE AND COMMENCEMENT SERVICES
By: Mitchel Clark
College of the Ozarks will hold its Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 11, 2014, in the Keeter Gymnasium. The Baccalaureate service will be held at 11 a.m., and Commencement is at 2 p.m.
Chaplain (Colonel) Paul L. Vicalvi, U.S. Army (ret.), will provide the Baccalaureate sermon. Chaplain Vilcalvi was an Army chaplain for 1/504th Battalion and 82nd Airborne Division and was the Commandant of the United States Army Chaplain Center and School, among many other assignments. He recently received the prestigious “Centurion of the Year Award.” This award recognizes exceptional commitment to the ministry of Evangelical military chaplains.
Chaplain Vicalvi obtained a master’s degree from Houghton College, a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in from the National Defense University. He is also a graduate of the National War College. Chaplain Vilcalvi currently teaches Patriotic Education at School of the Ozarks, the laboratory school operated by College of the Ozarks.
Colonel (ret.) Quincy Collins, Senior Vice President of Southern Real Estate in Charlotte, will give the Commencement address. He retired from the Air Force as a full colonel and received two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the POW Medal, the “Air Force Longevity Service Award” and other awards during his service.
During his service, he accumulated more than 3,000 hours of jet time with a Command Pilot Rating. He was a Flight Commander of a F-104 unit at George Air Force Base, California. Col. Collins opened a new Air Force Academy in 1955, as an Air Training Officer and was an Aide to the Four-Star Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Air Force in Europe.
Col. Collins retired from the Air Force in 1974. Since that time, he has been involved in numerous work responsibilities, including the business of insurance, General Sales Manager of Arnold Palmer Cadillac for four-and-a-half years, and President of his own marketing firm in Charlotte, NC. For 23 years he has served as a commercial and industrial real estate broker. He is now Senior Vice President of Southern Real Estate in Charlotte.
The Citadel recently designated Col. Collins as a “Distinguished Graduate.” He currently serves on the board of the USO and Operation Homefront for North Carolina. Col. Collins founded The Carolinas freedom Foundation, promoting patriotism and honoring Veterans. He and the Foundation received the “World Citizen Award” by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte in 2009. Col. Collins has been married to his lovely wife, Catherine, for 31 years.
Please join C of O in recognizing the graduating seniors’ accomplishments at the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited for both ceremonies. For more information, contact the office of the Dean of the College at (417) 690-2278.